Are You and Your Pets Prepared for an Emergency?

Whether it be a wildfire, severe storm or an accidental house fire, emergencies can strike at any minute. Are your pets included in your family emergency plan? See AHS’ tips below to ensure you and your pet are prepared for an emergency.

  • Make sure your pet is microchipped and wearing a collar with up-to-date ID tags.
  • Assemble your emergency kit.
  • Find a safe place to stay ahead of time, such as a friend’s house.
  • Plan for your pet in your absence.
    • Give a key to a trusted neighbor, friend, or family member.
    • If you use a pet-sitting service, find out in advance if they will be able to help in case of an emergency.
    • Make sure that whoever is taking care of your pet knows his or her feeding and medication schedule.

If you Evacuate...

  • Evacuate as early as possible.
  • Always remember: If it isn’t safe for you, it isn’t safe for your pets!

If you Stay...

  • Bring your pets indoors ASAP.
  • Block unsafe hiding spaces.
  • Move dangerous items, such as tools or toxic products, out of your pet’s reach.
  • If possible, designate a safe room to store all your pet’s food and supplies for easy access.
  • Listen to the radio, TV news, and social media for updates.


  • Don’t allow pets to roam alone, as familiar smells and sights may have changes and pets may get lost.
  • Keep dogs leashed or cats crated while you assess the damage outdoors.
  • If flooding occurs, check your home and yard for wild animals and unsafe objects.
  • Be patient with your pets!